Carolina+James's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: James
Beneficiary's Name: Carolina
VJ Member: Carolina+James
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2014-03-13
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Immigration Checklist for James & Carolina:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2009-07-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-08-17
I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-10-08
RFE Reply(s) : 2009-10-16
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-11-12
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-11-19
Consulate Received : 2009-12-02
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-02-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-02-08
US Entry : 2010-02-19
Marriage : 2010-03-20
Comments : 07/2007 --- Met in WoW.
12/2008 to 06/2009 --- Together in US!
06/13/2009 --- Engaged!
06/14/2009 -- Appart again, Carol returns to Brazil.
07/27/09 --- I-129F sent.
08/17/09 --- Case received at VSC (according to website)
08/19/09 --- Check cashed.
08/24/09 --- NOA1 on mail.
10/08/09 --- RFE on e-mail.
10/15/09 --- RFE hardcopy.
10/16/09 --- RFE answer sent.
10/18/09 --- USPS sent our package back, wrong postage, errr!
10/19/09 --- RFE full of postage travelling to USCIS.
10/30/09 --- USCIS receives RFE response and "Touch".
11/01/09 --- "Touch".
11/02/09 --- "Touch", maybe a poke.
11/03/09 --- "Touch"
11/12/09 --- NOA2 on e-mail.
11/20/09 --- Got NVC number, they say the case traveled to Rio on the 19th!
11/20/09 --- NOA2 hardcopy.
11/25/09 --- NVC letter.
12/10/09 --- Medical.
01/07/10 --- Medical in hands (Dr's. vacations made it take longer to get here).
02/02/10 --- Interview, APPROVED!
02/08/10 --- Visa in hand!
02/19/10 --- POE and finally together again!

--For AOS and EAD, check comments bellow--
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 87 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 169 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2010-02-19
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE at Dallas Fort Worth was very simple and friendly. It was 6am, they had just opened and I was the only immigrant visa beign processed at that time. Did biometrics, waiting a few in a room, received my passport with my entry date written, showed at a desk and done. The officers made me feel welcome, and I appreciated that!

After that, the custums was very smooth too, when asked how long I would stay, I said I was K-1 and he let me pass instantly. When I went as turist I had to go to luggage inspection, and it is no big deal if you go to it, just need to open your luggage and the officer will inspect.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Oklahoma City OK
Date Filed : 2010-04-12
NOA Date : 2010-05-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-05-27
AOS Transfer** : 2010-05-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-08-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2010-08-23
Comments : Our filing date and NOA are very different because the whole package came back due to the check writen wrong! Not sure if I can call that an RFE.

03/04 --- Applied for Social Security
03/20/10 --- Our wedding!!
04/12/10 --- AOS sent.
04/17/10 --- Social Security Card Arrives (dated April 8).
05/05/10 --- Acceptance e-mails for AOS and EAD.
05/__/10 --- "NOA1" for AOS and EAD arrives.
05/__/10 --- Biometrics letter arrives.
05/25/10 --- AOS transfered to CSC.
05/27/10 --- Biometrics taken.
05/29/10 --- CSC transfer letter received.
06/02/10 --- AOS arrives at CSC.
06/03/10 --- AOS "touch"
06/18/10 --- AOS "touch"
07/10/10 --- AOS "touch"
07/12/10 --- EAD "touch"
07/13/10 --- EAD "touch"
07/20/10 --- EAD Approval Notice Sent!
07/21/10 --- EAD "touch"
07/23/10 --- EAD arrives!
08/12/10 --- AOS e-mail Card Production!
08/16/10 --- AOS Approval Notice / Welcome letter.
08/23/10 --- Green Card arrived :)
08/24/10 --- "Post Decision Activity"
08/25/10 --- Last Online Poke, still on "Post Decision Activity".
09/02/10 --- Applied for SSN card name change.
09/24/10 --- SSN card with married name arrives.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-04-12
NOA Date : 2010-05-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-05-27
Approved Date : 2010-07-20
Date Card Received : 2010-07-23
Comments : Our filing date and NOA are very different because the whole package came back due to the check writen wrong! Not sure if I can call that an RFE.

--Details with the AOS timeline--
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 99 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-05-12
NOA Date : 2012-05-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-14
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-01-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-02-02
Comments : The letter where the card came dates of 01/30/2013, but I only checked mail on Saturday 02/02/2013.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Oklahoma City OK
Date Filed : 2013-10-31
NOA Date : 2013-11-01
Bio. Appt. : 2013-11-25
Interview Date : 2014-03-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony :
Comments : Interview was very fast, and the tests were introduced smoothly so I did not have time to get nervous. My interviewer was a very pleasant woman and the whole process was very comfortable. She did not ask for any additional documents, but I took all that they asked in the letter that came with the interview date. Overall great experience, I was done in 30 minutes counting the wait time.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 3, 2010
Embassy Review : Things were very smooth. I spent the night at the "Aeroporto Othon Hotel": 3 stars, basic and good enough for me, breakfast at 6am was important, and it is very close to the consulate, so I went walking in the morning to the consulate. Things were very smooth to me, placed the documents in order, talked to the person on the window about the docs, took finger prints and to the interview. Until then, everyone are brazilian employers, all of them were very polite to me, and helpful to all I could see that needed assistance. I was the first to be interviewed, I believe it is because I had no problems at all with my documents. But those who had forgotten something were given blank forms to fill, or could go outside to take pictures, nothing bad. The interview started in portuguese, and he took a while to ask about my english and then we spoke in english. The questions were about me and my fiance, my family, my trip to meet him and the fact I spent 6 months with him. Very quick, though I was a little lost in a question about the game we play together, I got embarassed I couldn't understand his question, even though it was in portuguese. The consul was very polite to me, when he asked for further info on my fiance, he said it nicelly, said "you are saying in general ways, I want more details, I don't know him". Then after all he said all seemed in order, and I double checked asking if it was approved, which he said yes, instructed me to the desk for that green paper and I was good to go to pay T.N.T's tax of sending the passport home. I was so happy I went walking all the way to the airport, to view a little of that beautiful part of Rio
Rating : Very Good

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